[ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Wed Jul 12 11:35:28 EDT 2017

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 11:12 AM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

> On 12 Jul 2017, at 11:05 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> Unfocused goals don't support gratuitous changes to the board structure.
> If a precise definition of "diversity of background" is not yet possible
> then you don't yet understand your goal well enough to make potentially
> destructive changes based on it. Focus on improving your goal statement
> first.
> Bill -
>    Alas, we have to the listen to the community to obtain that clarity, so
>    I must ask you -
>      “Do you believe that there is a definition/goal of diversity that
> ARIN should target for the Board of Trustees?”

No, I think that's probably a rabbit hole too.

I think the pool of candidates who are both technically qualified (priority
1) and willing to volunteer (priority 2) is too small to support an
explicit diversity goal (somewhere around priority 5 or 6). With only a
vague goal and a limited pool, I would restrict any action to small changes
with little potential for harm, such as:

* the direction the board already gave the nomcom,
* expanding who can serve on the nomcom (currently only ARIN members may
serve, limiting the nominators' diversity) and
* expanding the criteria for who the nomcom can consider for nomination
(IIRC, an ARIN member must recommend someone for nomination before the
nomcom can consider them)

Bill Herrin

William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>
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